International Recipes

Khao Pad Sapparot
(Stir Fried Rice and Pineapple – Thai)

This is an unusual recipe for Thai food because it is essentially a vegetarian dish - they are not common in Thailand, where even nominally vegetarian dishes often have quite a large amount of meat. This one has a little dried shrimp, and the true vegetarian could easily leave that out.

It is also unusual in that it is rather a theatrical dish: though the theatricality comes from a Thai habit of frugality, and perhaps a desire to have less dishes to wash!

For two people you need a medium size pineapple: choose carefully. It should be sweet and juicy.


  • 1 pineapple
  • 2/3 tablespoon chopped shallots (purple onion)
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • About 4 to 5 red chiles finely julienned
  • The green of 2 spring onions, coarsely chopped
  • About 1 tablespoon chopped coriander/cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp
  • 2/3 tablespoon garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups cold, steamed rice and coriander leaves as garnish


  1. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise, and scoop out the fruit (my wife uses a curved "grapefruit knife", but any knife will do.) then chop it into bite size chunks.
  2. Put the fruit in a bowl and add the shallots, chili, ginger, scallion and coriander, mix and set aside.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to bring out the juice.
  4. In a wok, heat about a tablespoon of oil, and stir fry the shrimp until crispy, and the oil is aromatic.
  5. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and drain, then set aside.
  6. Add a further tablespoon of oil, and stir fry the garlic until golden brown.
  7. Add the rice, and stir thoroughly.
  8. Add the fish sauce and sugar, and continue stirring.
  9. When the rice is heated through, add the pineapple mixture and cooked shrimp, and stir until thoroughly heated through.
  10. Pour the mixture into the pineapple shells, garnish and serve.

If you prefer fried rice to be darkish brown in color, then replace half the fish sauce with dark sweet soy sauce.

Variation: do not cook the fruit mixture. Instead put the fruit mixture and the stir fried rice in the fridge (separately) and chill all the ingredients, then just before serving mix them and put them in the pineapple skins. If you are serving cold then you can also add a few maraschino cherries as garnish. This cold variant makes an excellent counterpoint to hot curries and spicy chile dishes on a hot day (and it gets *hot* here I can assure you, with the shade temperature topping 40 Celsius on many a day)

Posted by WingsFan91 at Recipe Goldmine 11/15/2001 3:11 pm.

Special thanks to Muoi Khuntilanont.